A few more thoughts and memorable moments from “Feet for Fener”.
As soon as Nick was done with his speech, they began the live auction. Al Nocita did a fabulous job as auctioneer and started out with a little warm up for the crowd. As it turned out, he pulled some strings and was able to get Nick’s feet, in a jar from the hospital, to auction at the fundraiser. See, Al’s that kind of guy. He knows people, and he gets what he wants. Even Nick wasn’t able to pull that one off. A jar of Nick’s pickled feet is an extremely rare item. The opening bid started out small but quickly rose in increments of $10,000. Like a bidding whirlwind, his feet soon skyrocketed in value into the hundreds of thousands, and then finally sold for a whopping $1,000,000! The buyer never paid up, likely because we refused to take a personal check. Sorry Cassie, we’ll only take cash.
Speaking of Cassie, she made a few little videos of Nick’s life to show at the event. Everything was set, ready to go, but something was malfunctioning with the equipment. Maybe the power was out or something. So we didn’t get to show the footage that she worked so hard on. She literally spent days preparing these videos. One is footage strictly from Nick’s accident forward, detailing his recovery process. The other is a collage of footage and photos of Nick’s life up until his accident on May 20th. We were calling this one his memorial video, because it seems the only time you get to see footage of the good times from a persons life is after they’ve passed. Well, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to highlight Nick’s amazing life while he’s still here to appreciate it. The videos didn’t play at the party on Saturday, but I will share them on the blog soon enough. Thank you Cassie!
Today is Benji’s last day in the US. He had been such an amazing blessing to us this last week. Flying to the other side of the world (Dubai to CA is exactly 12 hours difference) to stay with us for the sole purpose of helping us out. He drove Nick to doctor’s appointments, helped him dress and toilet, cooked us dinners, took us to sushi, took me shopping, donated some seriously hefty prizes to the fundraiser auctions and kept us laughing for an entire week. He is such a kind, generous person with a huge heart and adventurous spirit. Thank you Benji. You are such a great friend. How’s that for “living” the blog?